News & Analysis

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    Startups Anonymous: Quit Acting Like a Startup Douche

    [This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are anonymous, allowing them to share openly without fear of retribution. Every Wednesday, we’ll run one new story chosen by Dana Severson, who operates StartupsAnonymous, a place for startups to share, ask questions, and  answer them in story-length posts, all anonymously. You can share your own story here.] One of the things I dislike…
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    How Comcast and HP are corrupting elections in America

    Hey kids, want to learn how to rig an election? You could try to bribe ballot counters or conjure some intricate voter ID scam. But why bother when there’s a perfectly legal way to ensure the outcome of countless Congressional races across America: Redistricting. For decades, Republicans and Democrats have gone to staggeringly creative lengths to redraw Congressional lines in ways that pack like-minded voters into the same district, while separating citizens who are likely to vote for the rival party across multiple districts to…
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    White knight Kraken swoops in to aid in Mt. Gox investigation and eventual liquidation

    The Japanese Trustee handling the Mt. Gox bankruptcy has turned to the bitcoin community for help in his investigation. During a hearing in Tokyo District Court, Trustee Kobayashi announced that San Francisco exchange startup Kraken will be supporting the now 10-month-old investigation. “The outcome of the Mt Gox bankruptcy proceedings will deeply affect the Bitcoin community as a whole,” Kraken CEO Jesse Powell said in a statement earlier today. “We’ve decided to volunteer our resources and expertise…
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    Union seeks better working conditions for Apple security guards

    A union is pushing for Apple to improve the working conditions of the security guards and hire them from a different, more reputable contractor, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The union wants to help workers all across the Valley, but it’s focusing on Apple because it wants the company to “be the leader” in the movement to give blue collar employees a modicum of the respect afforded to tech workers. [Source: San Jose Mercury News]
  7. Overheard

    “I will say one thing about the Internet—it’s really transformative. It’s really brought these issues into people’s lives. [The Internet has] pulled away the curtain, and it’s made it easier for us to say: ‘This happens all the time. This is what women are living with in their homes, or on their computer, or in the classroom, or on the street.’ And we’ve never been able to do that before. It’s really a powerful thing.”

    — Media critic Soraya Chemaly

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    European regulators wants to expand the “right to be forgotten”

    European regulators have settled on a new proposal that will force Google to remove links taken down through the “right to be forgotten” ruling issued earlier this year from the website in addition to Europe-specific URLs such as in an effort to ensure that the links really are removed from the public’s view. [Source: Bloomberg]
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    UN resolution puts the US at odds with the rest of the world over mass surveillance

    The United Nations on Tuesday passed a resolution determining that privacy is a basic human right, placing the international organization at direct odds with the United States, which voted earlier this month to stop a bill curbing National Security Agency programs from advancing in the Senate. The UN also said that the programs have a deleterious effect on freedom of expression. The resolution is the latest example of foreign governments and their representatives taking issue with the surveillance operations conducted by the…
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    Ashes, ashes, we all fall down: Amazon cuts the Fire Phone’s price again

    Amazon has reduced the price of its unlocked Fire Phone to $199. That’s what most consumers pay for smartphones with a two-year contract to a wireless carrier. At this rate, it’s only going to be a few months before Amazon offers people money to take the Fire Phone off its hands. You might think Amazon would at least nix the free year of Amazon Prime — which costs $99 per year for most consumers — with this latest price reduction.…
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    “What the hell Uber? Uncool bro.”

    “I downloaded Uber the other day and its pretty cool and handy. The only qualm I had was with all the permissions it asked for… Christ man! Why the hell would it want access to my camera, my phone calls, my wifi neighbors, my accounts, etc?” – Joe’s Security Blog
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    Nevada judge rules against ride-sharing firm Uber

    “District Court judge in Washoe County on Tuesday approved a preliminary injunction to prohibit the ride-sharing company Uber from operating in Nevada, including Las Vegas. Judge Scott Freeman sided with Nevada in finding that the company, which argued it is not in the transportation business, is subject to the regulatory requirements for companies that want to engage in the movement of passengers from Point A to B.” – LV Review Journal
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    Officer Darren Wilson faced the fairest Grand Jury proceeding that no law requires

    Editor’s note: Dayvid Figler is a defense attorney and writer, based in Las Vegas, NV. Ham sandwiches are trending today. By now, the old judicial chestnut about how “even a ham sandwich can be indicted by a Grand Jury” has hit twitterus ad naseum status. In the wake of the “no true bill” by the Ferguson proceedings concerning officer Darren Wilson, and the young, unarmed person he killed, Michael Brown, the expressed outrage is straightforward – if an innocent,…
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    First Look Media lays off staff of The Racket

    ‘The initial vision for First Look was an expansive dream. A statement from First Look said, “we’re creating a general interest news site that will cover topics ranging from entertainment and sports to business and the economy.” With hindsight, that statement should have read, “We’re creating a single, isolated digital magazine on national security and privacy.”’ – Washington Post
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    Why Sony’s deal to collect royalties directly from SiriusXM could be terrible news for musicians

    As most people know, when a song is streamed on Pandora or Spotify, the royalties from that play, often worth only a fraction of a penny, are split between the record label, the songwriter, and the performer. But there’s another less-talked about constituent that receives a cut of the revenue: Performance rights organizations or PROs. For a small administration fee, these groups collect and distribute royalties to the appropriate rights holders, songwriters, and performers. But now, a major distributor has distanced itself from one of the…
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    Yes, Bitcoin Black Friday is a real thing, and it’s catching on

    You could forgive crypto-currency news sites and startups for evangelizing retailers offering deals only available to those paying in bitcoin this Black Friday – or as many are calling it, “Bitcoin Black Friday.” But what’s less predictable, and thus speaks more loudly about the progress the industry has made over the last year, is the fact that mainstream news organizations like ABC and NBC have jumped on the bandwagon. baits its audience with the headline, “Find Out…
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    Study: The top five slowest web pages are all news sites

    According to a study by Catchpoint Systems, news sites are the slowest-loading web pages on the Internet. While search engines and travel sites zipped along at fast speeds, news homepages, including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, made up all 5 of the slowest sites Catchpoint measured. [Source: Adweek]

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